“Whenever an office, through increase of fees or otherwise, becomes so profitable, as to occasion many to apply for it, the profits ought to be lessened by the legislature.”
– Ben Franklin
I think that this could be one of the largest problems with Congress… Senators and Representatives get paid too much. The fundamental problem is that Congress can vote to get a higher salary. I do not know what we can do to change this but it is food for thought.
~ James Dalley
“To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between liberty and economy, or profusion and servitude.”
We need to listen to the author of the Declaration of Independence. We can not let Congress burden us with huge amounts of debt. Congress doesn’t seem to realize that we can’t keep going in debt! Debt was what caused the housing crisis, and that was just the debt of the people. Imagine what would happen if the United States of America had to pay off all of it’s debts within the next year. It would be impossible. We can not allow ourselves to go further in debt. Wake up America! Stand up for a debt free nation.
I am proud to report what many believe to be a victory for the free market and for America!
For many months I have had little to no good news about what has been happening in Washington. I can finally say We The People have accomplished something!
I have been asking myself why haven’t I heard anything about the cap and trade bill for a while? I found my answer today at the CATO Institutes’ Website.
“Simple: the votes aren’t there for it. Blanche Lincoln, the new head of the Agriculture Committee, calls cap-and-trade a “complete non starter” and said that it is not her “preference to move on cap and trade this year.” Majority Leader Harry Reid recently signaled his agreement by stating that cap-and-trade “may” not be considered until next year. For cap-and-trade, “next year” translates as “never.” Senators know what touched off the town halls, and they know what fate awaits many of their Democratic colleagues come November 2010. Passing an unpopular health care “public option” along with cap-and-trade will easily realign the Senate into its old filibustering self. That kills cap-and-trade in the next Congress.” – Cato Institute (Patrick J. Michaeles)
The people stood up for the free market and informed their representatives and senators that they did not support this bill and because of that we have won the battle. Good job America!
“Under this plan, it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a preexisting condition.”
This may sound glorious on paper but this will not help many people. If a company can not judge who to except and who to not except insurance companies will fall.
“There may still be companies that refuse to do right by their workers by giving them coverage.”
Is Obama making a moral judgment on companies now? “That refuse to do right”! Companies have to do what they can to survive, the president doesn’t have the right to make moral judgments of the people.
For next couple of days I plan to slowly dissect the speech that Obama gave last night about health care.
“Thanks to the bold and decisive action we’ve taken since January, I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.”
I would like to point out that a lot of the bailout money did not actually help the businesses. Now we even have businesses that are almost being completely controlled by the government, General Motors or should I say Government Motors.
“Everybody understands the extraordinary hardships that are placed on the uninsured.”
The United States of America have always been about hardship, and trails, not an easy and laid back life. Many people have grown from nothing to something extraordinary, while many others have fallen. America is founded on hardship and success. Life in America is not easy.
“The health insurance debate in America is riddled with inaccuracies, fallacies, and sometimes just plain lies. Without information and education, the citizens of the United States remain vulnerable to the soft, easy draw of more government sponsored
health insurance rather than free market reforms that would lower costs and prevent government-imposed rationing of health care. The
46 million uninsured statistic is inaccurate. A more reasonable number on which to focus policy reforms is around 16 million. Counting non- Americans, those who can afford but choose to opt out of insurance, and those eligible for government health insurance but do not opt in generates a flawed number of uninsured Americans. Understanding how many Americans are uninsured and why is critical to formulating successful health care policy.” Freedom Works Foundation
Who Really Are the Uninsured?
As we can see above that a large number of the uninsured are those who are ages 18-24. Many of those citizens are have the money or ability to get there own health care coverage or to opt for the government health care the we have already in America. They choose not to because they don’t think they need it or because they want to spend that money on something else and figure that they won’t get sick. It is important to look at the age differences in those who are uninsured, and do decide why they are uninsured.
“The Umpire Is Also the First Baseman: The main argument for a “public option” is that it would increase competition. However, if the federal government creates a health care plan that it controls and also sets the rules for the private plans, there is little doubt that Washington would put its private sector “competitors” out of business sooner or later.” The Heritage Foundation
This is quote is very accurate, on page 167 of HR 3200 it states:
‘‘Subpart A—Tax on Individuals Without Acceptable Health Care Coverage
Sec. 59B. Tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage.
18 ‘‘SEC. 59B. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE
19 HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.
20 ‘‘(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual
21 who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at
22 any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed
23 a tax equal to 2.5 percent of [the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income].”
This states that if someone doesn’t have “suitable”, by the government’s standard, health care they will have an extra 2.5% tax placed on them for choosing a different health care than one that the government likes.
I hope that you find this information enlightening.
Government Health Care is in place through out our country with Medicare and Medicaid, but few people discuss the problems with it. This happened under Oregon’s health care system.
“The intelligentsia have been quick to dismiss former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s claim that, under President Obama’s health plan, “my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide … whether they are worthy of health care.”
No one ever accused Palin of being a health policy expert, and many found her hyperbolic term “death panel” off-putting. But that should not distract voters from this reality: President Obama has proposed a new body that would enhance Medicare’s ability to deny care to the elderly and disabled based on government bureaucrats’ arbitrary valuations of those patients’ lives.” – Cato Institute
This is true, bureaucrats will be deciding important health issues for us. We must not let this happen, though health care has recently become a smaller issue, it is still on the table. Please, call you senators and representatives and tell them that you do not agree with government health care. Congress’ August break is coming to an end, and then Congress will once again be debating this issue.